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A Special Edition that is TRULY Special,
This review is from: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition) (DVD)
If you think the best movies are the ones that show you a world you've never envisioned before, then you will LOVE Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas". A benchmark in stop-motion animation, this incredibly difficult-to-make film (24 individually posed frames were needed to produce ONE SECONDS's worth of action) is a masterpiece of art direction, set design, and good old-fashioned storytelling. The plot revolves around Jack, the Pumpkin King of Halloween, and his attempt to run Christmas in place of Santa Claus. "Sleigh" becomes confused with "slay"; "stockings" become "stalkings"; and spirits go from joyous to ghostly as the two holidays clash together like oil and water, or fire and ice. One of the great surprises of the movie is that although it dances around material that could easily careen into cynicism, it remains refreshingly sweet and light throughout. Which is not to say that some of the comedy isn't a little dark and perhaps geared more towards older children and adults; for example, the brief scene in which a python puppet is shown swallowing a Christmas tree whole is hysterically funny, but not especially appropriate for the very young.
The special edition DVD is unquestionably the version of this classic to buy. Included are a wealth of extras: the teaser and theatrical trailers; a documentary on "The Making of ..."; deleted scenes and storyboards, etc, etc. The best bonuses are two short films by Burton: "Vincent", a poetic tribute to the magnificent Vincent Price, narrated by the subject himself; and "Frankenweenie", a canine send-up of "Frankenstein", starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, and a cast of talented character actors. This DVD is one that you can spend HOURS exploring happily! Highly recommended as both a Halloween and Christmas treat.
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Initial post: Oct 2, 2008 12:53:13 PM PDT
Ryan Williams says:
I'm confused...why is everybody discussing the film on the "Nightmare Revisited" (a cover album) product page?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2008 6:54:35 PM PDT
Jesus Jackhammer says:
I am equally confused...
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 6:11:31 PM PDT
Yeah, it makes no sense. I'm sure Amazon just copied the reviews over. Stupid Amazon.
Posted on Aug 3, 2009 10:24:28 AM PDT
C. Cordova Amador says:
Actually they needed 12 individually posed frames, and they filmed each of them twice to complete 24 frames (I know it is still a huge work). Regards
Posted on Jul 2, 2015 7:40:42 PM PDT
Dr. D says:
Interesting how your mention of "Frankenweenie" in 2001 eventually became a movie in 2012.
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